Expo 2020 Dubai reveals all-new music recording studio headed by Oscar-winner AR Rahman

The Indian award-winning composer is set to form an all-female orchestra

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Expo 2020 Dubai has revealed a permanent, world-class music recording studio as part of its legacy plans in the future city of District 2020, and its very first project will see Expo 2020’s all-female orchestra.

Known for hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, with decades of experience in the music industry in Bollywood, Hollywood and beyond, the studio and orchestra will be led by Oscar-winning Indian composer AR Rahman.

Named the Firdaus Women’s Orchestra, it will bring together 50 talented women musicians from across the UAE and wider MENA region to create a unique musical project.

Interested in joining? Those who think they have the right vocals can submit an audition video right here.

Through face-to-face auditions in Dubai, 50 out of the 100 women chosen will be selected for a role in the orchestra. Rehearsals will begin in summer 2020, and those selected will be based in Dubai for the duration of Expo 2020.

The orchestra is set to perform on the global stage of Expo 2020 Dubai, including two AR Rahman concerts, a special show for International Women’s Day in 2021, plus a number of other events and performances across the site.

“The Firdaus Studio by AR Rahman and the Firdaus Women’s Orchestra are both inspiring projects that will be responsible for so much creativity in the run-up to Expo 2020 Dubai, during the event, and for many years afterwards,” said chief pavilions and exhibitions officer Marjan Faraidooni.

“Music brings the world together – this project is doing that in every sense, and is a true celebration of Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.”

“This world-leading studio will attract the cream of the industry to Dubai. Working with the most exciting female musical talents of the region, the Firdaus Women’s Orchestra will enable Dubai to become a focal point for making ground-breaking new music, and I look forward to being part of that,” added AR Rahman.

He’s won two Academy Awards and two Grammy Awards, so we can be sure to look forward to quit the musical performance once the first project is complete.

For more on the lead up to Expo 2020 Dubai and the massive show itself happening later this year, we’ve got you covered right here.

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